Revealed: 3 more Lloydspharmacy branches confirmed for closure

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Manchester's Crofts Bank Road branch is closing. Credit: © 2017 Google, image capture: June 2016
Manchester's Crofts Bank Road branch is closing. Credit: © 2017 Google, image capture: June 2016

C+D can reveal the locations of five more Lloydspharmacy branches where the multiple will cease trading, including three confirmed for closure.

Lloydspharmacy is “in the process of closing” one branch each in Grimsby, Manchester and Sandhurst, it confirmed to C+D last Friday (November 10).

It is still looking “to find an alternative option…which includes divestment” for branches in Hull and Bradford (see map below).

The news comes a week after Lloydspharmacy confirmed the locations of eight branches in Leicester and London where it will cease trading – including three whose closure has been decided.

The managers of three of the pharmacies in the latest confirmed batch were unable to comment, while two were not available when C+D tried to contact them.

Lloydspharmacy said all affected staff have been informed.

The total of 13 pharmacies are all part of the 190 “commercially unviable” branches in England that Lloydspharmacy's parent company Celesio UK has earmarked for closure or sale. The multiple would not confirm the location of the other 177 branches where it will cease trading.

Where are the branches located?

You can use C+D's map to view the location of each of the 13 pharmacies. Branches confirmed for closure are marked in purple, while those Lloydspharmacy is still hoping to sell are marked in blue.

This map is live, and will be updated as C+D confirms the locations of more affected Lloydspharmacy branches.

MP: “I’ll campaign for a fair deal”

The Labour MP for Stretford and Urmston, Kate Green, told C+D today she is “angry, but not surprised” that a Manchester pharmacy in her constituency is among those closing.

“I have been campaigning hard against changes to charging arrangements introduced by the Tory government that have placed huge pressure on community pharmacies,” she said.

“Local pharmacies help take pressure off busy GP practices by offering simple procedures like blood pressure checks and flu jabs,” she continued. “They get to know their customers and can provide information and reassurance.”

“I’ll continue to campaign for a fair deal for our community pharmacies.”

8 Comments
Question: 
Do you work for an affected Lloydspharmacy branch?

Barry Pharmacist, Community pharmacist

Whether Lloyds sells the sites or merges them is rather academic. The reality is that these Lloyds sites plus many others are now uneconomic in the eyes of their current owner. The Government's decision was to impose pharmacy cuts and reduce the establishment payments by 50%. From April there is a further reduction of 25% and the last 25% goes 12 months later. The pharmacy model will adapt to this New World and it will not be for the benefit of patients, contractors and employees. 

 

Tony Schofield, Community pharmacist

I can’t understand why anyone is surprised. What would be wonderful would be finding the “industry insider” whose contribution was so important in giving DOH and Philip Hammond the confidence to ignore the PWC research ( showing the added value of Pharmacy) and press for the cuts. Let’s be absolutely clear about this. Bigger pharmacies are being hit with a hammer blow. Some of them will be going to the wall next year as they too (especially those paying huge rentals to NHS England) find they can’t make ends meet. No-one should be surprised and those that sneered that contractors were using the cuts to lower Locum rates etc need to try and remember how to do basic arithmetic.

Chemical Mistry, Editorial

It would be great to find this industry insider, only in the  pharmacy would one of their own shaft their own profession probably indicatative of what pharmacy has always been.

Ilove Pharmacy, Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

Very common in Pharmacy it seems especially Community Pharmacy.

Marc Borson, Community pharmacist

Manchester branch will be merged with sianisbury instore branch to protect the area under the new merger scheme.

Kam Lung Ng, Superintendent Pharmacist

There are 2 Lloyds pharmacies in Urmston town centre within 1minute walk. There are also Boots, Well, an independent 100 hour pharmacy within 30 second walk to each other. 

Chris Locum, Locum pharmacist

Just googled the locality...basically there is enough provision in the area with the loss of someone to government policy. In their misinformed and untalented minds, there should only be one pharmacy getting public reimbursement. Traditional high street premises will have a smaller profile in the future...

Ian Kemp, Community pharmacist

Have you googled the Bradford store?  Not a traditional high street but within a GP premises. No doubt rip off rent the cause. Can't see anyone taking it on unless the GP practice owners fancy taking it on. Maybe that's the real future. Is that REALLY what the DoH wants?

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